Come by any time the library is open to view these new additions! The Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center is located on NMWA’s 4th floor and is open to the public Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–noon and 1–5 p.m. Just ask at the reference desk; we would be happy to retrieve these books for you to read in the reading room. You can also search the library’s collection anywhere and anytime with the online catalogue: http://nmwa.kohalibrary.com.
Berthe Morisot: 1841–1895 (Hazan, 2012)
The Musee Marmottan Monet, which possesses the largest public collection of work by Morisot in the world, organized a retrospective exhibition honoring the influential female Impressionist artist, the first in Paris since 1941. The accompanying catalogue presents a comprehensive scholarly overview with visually stunning full-color reproductions, arranged chronologically, of her paintings, drawings, pastels, watercolors, and graphic work. For those interested in learning more about the artist, the text provides wonderful analysis into her technique, visual style, and life, along with two pages of bibliography.
In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States (Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2012)
For fans of Surrealism and women artists, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art published a beautiful catalogue to accompany its exhibition from last January. Billed as the first of its kind, the exhibition approached surrealism from a feminist perspective—featuring 50 female surrealist artists such as Frida Kahlo, Remedios Varo, and Lola Alvarez Bravo—and narrowed the focus to the United States and Mexico. The reader will find interesting insightful essays, striking full-color reproductions of artwork, and a selected six-page bibliography. A must-see for any Surrealist art lover!
—Jennifer Page is the library assistant at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.